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BSU Police Officers Protect, Serve Campus Community

By Andrew Jackson Jr.

Spectrum Editor

Ever wonder what would happen if something got stolen from you on Bowie State’s campus?

Well here are some ideal tips to help if that situation ever happens. Bowie State offers an on-campus police department which is also home to the Department of Public Safety. Officers are equipped with police authority under provisions of Title 13, Subtitle 6, Section 13-601 educational article of the Annotated Code of Maryland stated on the homepage of the Bowie State Police.

It is important to know whom protects the campus and its people, university law enforcement officials said. The department has a very important job on its hands: Campus safety is paramount throughout the country because of the numerous school shootings and scares. In the event that that occurs students, staff, and administration should be aware of the situation and guided to what needs to be done in that condition.

The Bowie State Police offer crime prevention information programs and service to systematically deter, deny and detect criminal opportunity; Round-the-clock response to emergency and non-emergency situations relations to safety and security of people and property which includes theft of personal property, according to campus police website. Department of Public Safety ensures a safe learning environment that supports academic freedom, respect for the individual, tolerance, and open exchange of ideas.

If ever in need, the officers are in the rear of the Theodore McKeldin Gymnasium near Parking Lot E. Officers can be seen in or around campus in cruisers or on a segways. The department's officers are here to protect, serve, and create a safe and academically sound environment, according to its website.

There is also an emergency system called BEES (Bowie Electronic Emergency System) where they alert students, faculty, and staff about different alerts around campus. If you have an emergency or have suspicion of theft, there are emergency towers around campus. Also you can contact them through their phone number, 301-860-4688, or 301-860-4040.